Americans have no taste for long, dragged out wars.
"Do not do your enemies a small injury" -- Machiavelli.
Any US response should produce a level of devastation such that it reminds the world that pissing us off is a very bad idea. We need to go back to WW2 "rules of engagement", regardless of bleating from the UN and the Left.
We need to go back to WW2 “rules of engagement”, regardless of bleating from the UN and the Left.
Off all the major combatants of WWII we and the British were the most circumspect when it came to casualties both civilian and military. The Russians, Germans, and Japanese laid waste to anything and everything in their way.
The only notable exception to this was the air campaign against Japan. Had the atomic bombs not been used General Lemay in 1945 was capable of running 3-4 napalm raids against Japanese cities every day. In 2 months we could have reduced every major city in Japan to cinders killing millions of civilians.
He had the aircraft, crews, and bombs to do it.